Bolton win, Billy Sharp’s importance and Mike Dean’s decisions

In an act of true determination and character, Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United saw off promotion rivals Bolton Wanderers with a magnificent performance at Bramall Lane.

The 2-0 win placing the league leaders united seven points clear of the table, ahead of Saturday’s trip to Rochdale. Putting them current favourites to walk away with the League One title.

Both goals coming from club captain Billy Sharp, who struck home a right footed shot from the centre of the box into the bottom left corner, following an incredible through ball from John Fleck. Before burying a penalty kick well into the second half, after Blades substitute Samir Carruthers was fouled.

The league One top goal scorer Sharp who is currently on 23 goals, has scored just under 40% of the Blades goals this year. Alongside providing four assists, which portrays just how crucial the skipper has been to their season.

Dominating the game throughout, the home side created more chances in the match and boasted more possession, forcing the Whites to park the bus early into the match to prevent an embarrassing defeat.

In a post-match Interview Wilder commented: “it was a deserved three points in the second half, we dismantled a decent side – who have a lot of good players – pretty comprehensively.”

Scottish midfielder John Fleck demonstrated his power and dedication as he comfortably dictated the game through the midfield, which led to him accepting the man of the match award. Adding to his already plethora of brilliant performances this season.

However, Bolton manager Phil Parkinson insisted that Fleck should have been sent off, following a 33rd minute challenge on Tom Thorpe, which referee Mike Dean only gave a yellow card for.

Parkinson further added: “The penalty was a clear dive. We thought it at the time, and the lad [Carruthers] has bought the penalty.” As he believes his side were beaten due to two bad decisions from referee Mike Dean.


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